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BUSINESS FOCUS OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF COMMERCE LEXINGTON INC.

DECEMBER 2016

Presents

Public Policy Luncheon Thursday, December 15th Featuring

KENTUCKY HOUSE SPEAKER-ELECT JEFF HOOVER

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Register for 2017 Leadership Visit to Minneapolis, Minnesota Holiday Business Link is Dec. 8th @330: Look Great in the Inbox The 7 Don’ts of Email Design Annual Dinner is January 26th Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

2016 Chamber of the Year

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VOLUME XXIV, ISSUE XII


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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: STAT: Lexington Again Among Most Educated Communities CLX’s Greathouse Recognized at KAED Conference Region Showcased During Trips to Atlanta, Cincy & New York Recap of Lexington’s Global Entrepreneurship Week

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EVENTS: KEMI Presents CLX Annual Dinner on January 26th @330 Series: The 7 Don’ts of E-mail Marketing Kentucky Eagle, Inc. Hosts Holiday Business Link Dec. 8 Policy Luncheon: Ky. House Speaker-Elect Jeff Hoover Register Now for 2017 Leadership Visit to Minneapolis 28th Annual Economic Outlook Conference is Feb. 7th

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2016 Winner’s Circle Campaign Nearing Finish Line Leadership Development Program Recaps Ambassador Spotlight: Laura Adams Welcome New Commerce Lexington Inc. Members Member Personnel Announcements & Awards

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Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

2016 Chamber of the Year Business Focus is published once a month for a total of 12 issues per year by Commerce Lexington Inc., 330 East Main Street, Suite 100, Lexington, KY 40507. Phone: (859) 226-1600 2016 Chairman of the Board: Alan Stein, President & CEO SteinGroup, LLC Publisher: Robert L. Quick, CCE, President & CEO Commerce Lexington Inc. Editor: Mark E. Turner Communications Specialist: Elizabeth Bennett Printing: Post Printing Mail Service: SouthEast Printing & Mailing Service, LLC (2610 Palumbo Drive) Subscriptions are available for $12 and are included as a direct benefit of Commerce Lexington Inc. membership. Business Focus (USPS 012-337) periodical postage paid at Lexington, Kentucky. POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to Business Focus, Commerce Lexington Inc., P.O. Box 1968, Lexington, KY 40588-1968.

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Dec. 15th Policy Luncheon Features Kentucky House Speaker-Elect Jeff Hoover

Kentucky Eagle, Inc. Hosts Holiday Business Link on Thursday, December 8th

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Registration is Open for 2017 Leadership Visit to Minneapolis, June 7-9, 2017

Dec. 13th @330 Series: Look Great in the Inbox The 7 Don’ts of E-Mail Design

For DISPLAY RATES in Business Focus, contact Dana Zinger at (859) 226-1607 or dzinger@CommerceLexington.com, and an account executive will contact you.

Personnel Updates

Submit your company’s awards and milestones or personnel changes and additions to mturner@CommerceLexington.com. Personnel news might include promotions, additions, awards and milestones, recognitions and certifications and/or appointments. Information is published only as space permits.


Chairman’s Message: 2016 a Banner Year for Commerce Lex. “I had been involved for many years in our chamber of commerce and well before it merged to form Commerce Lexington Inc., but it wasn’t until I became Chairman of the Board this year that I realized the depth of the organiALAN STEIN zation’s programs and services, as well as its CLX BOARD CHAIR PRESIDENT, involvement within our STEINGROUP, LLC community and region. Being a small business owner myself, I recognize the great need to have a support structure in place that not only nurtures businesses early in their development, but also provides the opportunity for growth along the way. Everything we do at Commerce Lexington Inc. is about helping you be successful, which ultimately leads to new dollars being created for our community and a quality of place that is recognized around the world. As I mentioned during our Annual Dinner earlier this year, to create that “uncommon wealth” for Central Kentucky, we must maximize the common thread between education, workforce development, and economic development. I talked about the need for bold, strategic, and unconventional approaches to bring solutions to some of our longstanding education and workforce issues like struggling schools, a persistent achievement gap, and skills gaps for many of our region’s employers. We, as the community, will continue to provide our full support of Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk and his innovative “Blueprint for Student Success,” as well as our school board members as they work hard to do what’s best for our students and teachers. Along with FCPS leaders, Commerce Lexington Inc. and the Business & Education Network (BEN) have been participating in the Asia Society’s Global Cities Initiative, which includes a select group of cities from around the world who come together to examine educational success stories. Cities currently involved in this initiative are Lexington, Houston, Denver, Seattle, Toronto, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Singapore, Melbourne, and Hiroshima. Lexington is very lucky to be part of this best practices group. Commerce Lexington, BEN and FCPS have continued their strategic partnership with the Ford Corporation’s Next Generation Learning

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT A Collaborative Effort of the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership (BBDP):

SUBMITTED BY:

Gina Greathouse, Hannah Crumrine, Kimberly Rossetti & Allison Boyd | CLX Economic Development Division

Lexington Hosted Ky. Association for Economic Development Fall Conference CLX’s Gina Greathouse Receives James J. Coleman Community Professional of the Year Award Commerce Lexington Inc. and the Bluegrass Alliance hosted the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) Fall Conference in Lexington, November 9 – 11. The Fall Conference attracted economic development professionals from across the state. We hosted several site selection consultants attending the conference, including Mike Mullis (J.M. Mullis – Memphis); Mark Klender (Deloitte – San Francisco); Margaret Grissom (Peake Consulting – Northern Kentucky); Dan Domenicucci (Ernst & Young – Detroit); and Jamie Lindemann (Ernst & Young – Cincinnati). During the conference, Gina Greathouse, Commerce Lexington’s Executive Vice President of Economic Development, received the James J. Coleman Community Professional of the Year Award. This award recognizes practitioners who have made significant and/or innovative contributions to the field and their service area. As the GINA leader our economic development team, we are GREATHOUSE proud of her impact on Central Kentucky.

KentuckyUnited Visits Cincy

In mid-November, Commerce Lexington Inc. economic development staff traveled as part of KentuckyUnited on a marketing trip to Cincinnati. KentuckyUnited is a public-private partnership of state, regional and local economic development organizations formed to market Kentucky. This trip entailed a breakfast with existing businesses who have operations in our region and a luncheon with site selection consultants.

By The Numbers:

Bluegrass Alliance Group Travels to Atlanta

The Bluegrass Alliance hosted a successful site selection consultant luncheon in Atlanta in late September. The regional group, consisting of Lexington, the surrounding counties, along with Frankfort and Mt. Sterling, met with 20 site selection consultants and shared new developments in the region. This is an annual trip for all partners to attend. Establishing and cultivating relationships with consultants is vital to our role as economic developers. Atlanta has one of the highest concentrations of site location consultants. During recent professional development, we learned that, “According to a recent study by Development Counsellors International, 40% of corporate locations are influenced by site selection consultants.” The CLX Economic Development team spends a lot of its time cultivating relationships with consultants, so this was good data to learn.

In 2016, Commerce Lexington’s Economic Development Division responded to calls from the following:

New Business: 89 new prospects interested in finding a new location or expanding operations Existing Clients & Local Entrepreneurial Companies: 39 companies with potential expansions in Lexington Client Visits: 15 Existing Business Visits: 137

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STAT: Lexington Again Among Most Educated Communities in the U.S. The U.S. Census Bureau recently released 2015 data, and Lexington has been ranked among the most educated communities in the United States (see chart below). 41.6 percent of Lexingtonians over age 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher, ranking our city #11 in the nation among cities with at least 300,000 people. Equally impressive, 18.9 percent have an advanced degree, ranking Lexington #9 in the nation. This impressive

educational attainment is a result of the ten colleges and universities within 40 miles of Lexington which enroll nearly 70,000 students every year. In fact, 60.1 percent of Lexington residents ages 18 through 24 are currently enrolled in college or graduate schools, ensuring that Lexington will continue to have a talented, highly educated workforce for all industries.

CLX E.D. Team Hits The Big Apple

In mid-November, Commerce Lexington staff traveled on a marketing trip to New York City. In partnership with the University of Kentucky, our team hosted a site selection consultant luncheon, at which UK President Dr. Eli Capilouto (pictured below) spoke about UK’s assets and economic impact on Lexington and the state. We also hosted an event for consultants at the UK vs. Michigan State basketball game.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Lexington’s Global Entrepreneurship Week Features Variety of Events The Bluegrass Business Development Partnership hosted and organized many great events in the month of November during the fifth annual Lexington Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). The BBDP hosted 13 events during the week, including a ribbon cutting, multiple workshops, the annual entrepreneurial celebration, a pitch competition and Startup Weekend. The BBDP kicked off GEW with a ribbon cutting for nanoRANCH (pictured at right), a headquarters and R&D operation for a group of nanotechnology businesses. They announced their relocation from Texas to Kentucky in late 2015 and are projected to hire 35 high-wage, high-tech jobs. Congratulations to nanoRANCH on the grand opening of its new facility!

nanoRANCH

SPARK Entrepreneurial Celebration

During Global Entrepreneurship Week, SPARK, formerly known as Lexington Venture Club, hosted its annual celebration of the entrepreneurship community in the Bluegrass Region. During the event, the BBDP recognized 24 companies as the recipients of the Lexington’s eAchievers Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship (pictured at right). To qualify for the award, the companies created at least five new full time jobs and/or raised over $1 million in capital. The Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network conducts an annual survey to identify these companies. This year, 137 companies responded to the survey, offering a 67-percent response rate from more than 200 Bluegrass Business Development Partnership (BBDP) clients. Altogether, BBDP clients raised more than $65.3 million dollars in capital funds and created 307 new jobs in FY 2015. To see a list of the 24 recognized companies, visit www.sparklex.org.

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EVENTS THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017 | 5:00 - 8:30 P.M. | LEXINGTON CENTER’S BLUEGRASS BALLROOM

KEMI Presents Commerce Lexington Inc. Annual Dinner on January 26th Commerce Lexington Inc.’s 2017 Annual Dinner presented by Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance will be held on Thursday, January 26, at Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom. The pre-dinner reception is scheduled from 5:00-6:30 p.m., while dinner and the program will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join us for great networking, good food, and a little business, as we take a look back at 2016 and highlight the organization’s focus for 2017. We’ll also present several awards, including the

Ambassador of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Public Policy Advocate of the Year, and our Distinguished Leader Awards from our Leadership Lexington youth and adult programs.

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TO REGISTER: The cost to attend the 2017 Commerce Lexington Inc. Annual Dinner is $95 per person, or $950 per table of ten. To register, visit on-line at www.CommerceLexington.com.

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EVENTS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016 | 3:30 - 5:00 P.M. | COMMERCE LEXINGTON INC. (330 E. MAIN ST. - FIRST FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM)

@330 Series: Look Great in the Inbox - The 7 Don'ts of E-mail Design PRESENTED BY:

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Alliance Financial Planning, LLC Dickinson Wright PLLC Lynn Imaging & Monster Color Newk’s SteinGroup, LLC TravelHost of the Bluegrass U.S. Bank Windstream Communications

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These days, just about every business THIS SEMINAR WILL COVER: and organization utilizes an e-mail • Branding Beyond the Logo - How newsletter to promote products and servplacement, pictures, and even colors ices, upcoming events, or general news to can re-inforce recognition & engageits customers and clients. Standing out ment. and cutting through the clutter of a high • Readability – including fonts, white volume of e-mail is extremely difficult. space and single-column design. However, the next Commerce Lexington • Images – including sizing, placeInc. @330 Series event presented by ment, links and more. Manpower of Central Kentucky is here to • Sharability – are you going social ERIN BEMIS help. with your email? Easy tips to encourCONSTANT Join us @330 on Tuesday, December age more cross-platform engageCONTACT 13, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in CLX’s first ment. floor conference room (330 East Main Street) for an information-packed seminar featuring ABOUT THE SPEAKER: tips, techniques, and tools to help you navigate the Erin Bemis is Constant Contact’s Regional Director do’s and don’ts for your own e-mail marketing. Led and Engagement Marketing Expert for the North by Erin Bemis from Constant Contact, which is Central U.S. She and her team of hand-selected Commerce Lexington’s e-mail marketing partner, marketing professionals travel the region to assist, you’ll learn how to Look Great in the Inbox: the 7 educate and inspire small business success in all Don'ts of Email Design! things related to digital marketing. Erin has nearly At this event, you’ll learn how to make your best, 20 years’ experience working small businesses, first impression when it comes to your e-mail, avoid non-profits and associations in a variety of roles. common mistakes, and maximize your e-newsletPrior to Constant Contact, Erin ran her own small ters for powerful impact. business consulting firm, which she formed when she left the position of President and CEO of the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, Marketing, and a minor in French from Hillsdale College.

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The @330 events provide a topical presentation that is relevant to the success of entrepreneurs, business owners and business professionals. They also allow members the opportunity to discuss ideas, share best practices, and work through challenges.

TO REGISTER: The @330 events are open to Commerce Lexington Inc. members at no charge. However, please register for the events by contacting Liz Bennett at (859) 226-1615 or lbennett@commercelexington.com.

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TO RSVP: @330 events are open to Commerce Lexington members at no charge. However, please register prior to the event by contacting Liz Bennett at (859) 226-1615 or lbennett@CommerceLexington.com.

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EVENTS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2016 | 4:30 - 6:30 P.M. | KENTUCKY EAGLE, INC. (2440 INNOVATION DRIVE)

Kentucky Eagle, Inc. Hosts Holiday Business Link on Thursday, Dec. 8th Kick off your holiday networking and end 2016 on a high note through client building at the next Commerce Lexington Inc. Business Link event hosted and sponsored by Kentucky Eagle, Inc. (2440 Innovation Drive) on Thursday, December 8th, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Bring plenty of business cards, browse our member exhibit booths, and be ready to “wrap up” some new leads this holiday season as you prepare to head into 2017. And, of course, you won’t want to miss the wonderful hospitality from Kentucky Eagle, Inc., while networking with other business professionals.

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Limited exhibit space is available at this Business Link for Commerce Lexington Inc. members only. The cost to exhibit is $175. Liz Bennett at Contact lbennett@CommerceLexington.com to reserve your exhibit space.

TO REGISTER:

The cost to attend the Business Link event is $5 for Commerce Lexington members, $10 for nonmembers (payable at the door). Members of Lexington Forum can also attend for CLX member rate of $5 per person. You can also pre-register for Business Link events on-line at www.CommerceLexington.com. If registering online, pick up your beverage ticket at the registration table. PLEASE NOTE: NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR ONLINE REGISTRATIONS.

Children’s Advocacy Center is Nonprofit Spotlight at Dec. 8th Business Link Event

The Commerce Lexington Inc. Business Link networking event on Dec. 8th at Kentucky Eagle, Inc. from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. will highlight the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass (CACBG) as our Nonprofit Spotlight organization. The Children’s Advocacy Center is dedicated to reducing the trauma experienced by child victims of sexual abuse. Each year, nearly 600 children come to the Center for forensic interviews, medical examinations, counseling and support. The Children’s Advocacy Center also offers education and training to improve community response to child sexual abuse. Find out more about CACBG at the Dec. 8th Business Link or on-line at www.kykids.org.

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EVENTS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2016 | NOON - 1:30 P.M. | HILTON LEXINGTON DOWNTOWN (369 W. VINE STREET)

Next Policy Luncheon Features Kentucky House Speaker-Elect Jeff Hoover PRESENTED BY:

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The November election resulted ABOUT SPEAKER-ELECT in historic change for Kentucky. For JEFF HOOVER: the first time in nearly 100 years, Rep. Jeff Hoover represents the 83rd Republicans will hold the majority in District in the Kentucky House of State House of Representatives Representatives, where he has served when the Kentucky General since 1996. An attorney from Assembly reconvenes in January Jamestown, Rep. Hoover has served as 2017. The dynamics in Frankfort House Republican Floor Leader since have shifted with one party now lead2001 and is a member of several leging the State House, State Senate KENTUCKY islative committees, including the and the Governor's office. HOUSE Kentucky House Speaker-Elect SPEAKER-ELECT House Judiciary Committee, the House Committee on Committees, the Jeff Hoover (R-Jamestown) will be JEFF HOOVER House Enrollment Committee, House the featured speaker at the next Rules Committee, and the Legislative Commerce Lexington Inc. Public Policy Luncheon presented by Kentucky Research Commission American Water on Thursday, December 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Lexington TO REGISTER: Downtown (369 West Vine Street). As Speaker- The cost to attend the Public Policy Luncheon is Elect, Hoover will provide his perspective on $45 for Commerce Lexington Inc. members, and the leadership change, legislative priorities $55 for potential members. To register, e-mail to and Kentucky's future. rsvp@commercelexington.com or register online at www.commercelexington.com.

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Ad-Venture Promotions | Babbage Cofounder | Breeze Financial, LLC | DeSalvo & Company | McCarthy Strategic Solutions | Missing Link Managed I.T., LLC | Progressive Marketing

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EVENTS Photo Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis.

June 7 - 9, 2017 Register Now for Leadership Visit to Minneapolis Commerce Lexington Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2017 Leadership Visit presented by McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, will take us to Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 7-9, 2017. As the 16th-largest metro area in the United States, the Minneapolis region includes 11 counties and is anchored by three thriving urban centers –Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Bloomington – known collectively as the Twin Cities. The region is one of the most economically diverse and culturally vital in the country. It is home to more than 3 million people, 19 Fortune 500 companies, and thousands of pristine lakes. Its reputation for innovation is legendary, and its workforce is one of the best educated in the country. Like Lexington, Minneapolis ranks very high nationally in percentage of its population with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Its labor force has grown by nearly 2.0% over the last five years (almost twice the national average) and is expected to keep growing by 5.6% until 2030. The unemployment rate is historically among the lowest in the nation. Minneapolis has been recognized as a top knowledge-based, globalized, entrepreneurial, information technology-driven and innovationbased economy. The region has been ranked among the top areas for business, young professionals, working mothers, bicyclists, and health and fitness, where the American Fitness Index showed Minneapolis is leading the way with a variety of indicators like access to parks, walking paths and farmers’ markets. With one of the highest concentrations of corporate headquarters in a major metro area, along with its research institutions, the Twin Cities area has a cosmopolitan spirit, vibrant international community, and a broad range of cultural institutions. The region is home to 11,600 foreign students, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is the most popular destination. Recent U.S. Census data showed that more than 1.2 million

residents in the Greater Minneapolis area are from a different state or country. Commerce Lexington Inc. Board Chair-Elect, Carla Blanton, said, “This is an exciting opportunity to learn how Minneapolis/St. Paul has harnessed and leveraged the power of innovation and education to create economic opportunity and an outstanding quality of life.” Commerce Lexington Inc.’s annual Leadership Visit is thought to be the largest intercity visit of its kind nationally among chambers of commerce and economic development agencies. You won’t want to miss this premier networking and communitybuilding trip June 7-9, 2017. Specific study areas for next year’s trip will be outlined soon.

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Baptist Health Lexington Central Bank & Trust Co. Kentucky Community & Technical College System Kentucky Utilities Company MCM CPA's & Advisors WesBanco OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION SPONSOR:

TO REGISTER: Registration is now available for the 2017 Leadership Visit to Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more details or to download a registration form, visit www.commercelexington.com/leadershipvisit.html. For questions, contact Katie Hardwick at khardwick@commercelexington.com.

Kentucky One Health, Saint Joseph Hospital & Saint Joseph East BRIEFING BOOK SPONSOR:

J.J.B. Hilliard, W. L. Lyons, LLC NAMETAG SPONSOR:

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP

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EVENTS Feb. 7th Economic Outlook Conference to Feature a Variety of Presentations Co-presented by Commerce Lexington Inc., The Lane Report, the Center for Business and Economic Research, and The Don & Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center, along with Partner Sponsor Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR), the 28th annual Economic Outlook Conference will be held on Tuesday, February 7, from 8:00 a.m. to noon in Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom. During this event, leading experts will address key issues, including the outlook for the local, state and national economy, the financial markets and current topics of interest.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

“National Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy,” Dr. Mark E. Schweitzer, Senior Vice President of External Outreach and Regional Analytics, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. “Economic Outlook for 2017: National and Local Relationships,” Dr. Christopher R. Bollinger, Director of the Center for Business and Economics Research, UK Gatton College of Business and Economics. “Effects of Oil Price Shocks on Kentucky,” Dr. Ana María Herrera, Professor, Department of Economics, UK Gatton College of Business and Economics. “Kentucky Health: Moving the Needle,” Mr. Ben Chandler, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

TO REGISTER:

To register for the Economic Outlook Conference, visit http://gatton.uky.edu/economic-outlook, or for more information, call (859) 257-8746.

Commerce Lexington’s “CLX2Go” Mobile App Keeps You Connected On The Go DOWNLOAD THE FREE APP:

Mobile technology is here to stay, and Commerce Lexington Inc. (CLX) has embraced this method of communication not only to add visibility for its members, but to also provide an easy way to keep up with current CLX events, community events, local news, programs, and your favorite businesses while you're on the go! Commerce Lexington Inc.’s CLX2Go mobile app is available FREE for download in the iTunes App Store and Google Play. EVERY COMMERCE LEXINGTON MEMBER has their own basic listing as a benefit of membership, which includes a "click to call" and "click to map" link. Mobile users now have one-touch access to your business contact information and location. As a member of Commerce Lexington, you can now attract more customers by offering mobile coupons, "near me" deals, and special offers to both CLX members and anyone in the Greater Lexington area who downloads this free mobile app.

- Go to the App Store or Google Play - Text lexington CLX2Go to 80802, OR - Scan this QR code with your mobile device.

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CONNECT Stay Connected & Interact: Commerce Lexington Inc. Social Media Guide Commerce Lexington Inc. recognizes that business owners and business professionals live busy lives. That’s why we have so many different ways to keep connected to the events, programs, and services that help you succeed. Social media is an effective way to promote your company or organization and engage your customers. Here are some of the places you can keep up with Commerce Lexington Inc. on social media. Commerce Lexington

www.instagram.com/CommerceLex

Inc. members are permitted to post items about their business to our social media channels. Review the list on this page to see where you would like to connect. If you missed an event, such as our Public Policy Luncheons, Good Morning Bluegrass series events, or a number of other events, you can review most on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/commlexingtonky.

www.youtube.com/commlexingtonky There are over 250 video clips and full events posted on our YouTube channel. There are also plenty of video clips promoting Lexington and our region, which you can post or embed on your own web site.

www.facebook.com/groups/CommerceLexington www.facebook.com/LocateInLex www.facebook.com/clmbd Commerce Lexington Inc. has more than 2,500 members on its Facebook group page. You can also follow www.facebook.com/ LocateInLex for news on expansions and relocations, as well as our Minority Business Development division.

www.linkedin.com/company/commerce-lexington www.linkedin.com/groups/Commerce-Lexington-Inc-3937103 If you’re on LinkedIn, you can join the 1,100-plus people in our LinkedIn group and post your own business-related items & interact with others in the group

www.twitter.com/CommerceLex www.twitter.com/LocateInLex Join the more than 10,000 people who follow Commerce Lexington Inc. on Twitter for the latest news as it happens. Typically, we’ll tweet live from events, conferences, and trips, like our annual Leadership Visit and D.C. Fly-In, so you can get a sense of what’s happening in real-time.

www.commercelexington.com/clx-blog http://news.locateinlexington.com Stay up-to-date on Commerce Lexington Inc. news, policy decisions, and legislative activity on our Blog, and learn more about Lexington’s demographics and other key economic statistics from our research director on the LocateInLexington.com Blog.

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CONNECT CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE Initiative (NGL), which mobilizes educators, employers, and community leaders to create a new generation of young people, who will graduate from high school both college and career-ready. This program intends to create an emerging workforce prepared to compete successfully in the 21st Century economy. FCPS will begin to use career-themed academies to lay a solid foundation for success in the classroom and the workplace. This academy model gives students an opportunity to choose a career

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Continued from Page 3 path that aligns with current workforce needs and best fits their personal interests. During our Leadership Visit to Charleston, South Carolina, we learned about their school district’s successful career academies, where some 150 business partners in the Charleston region are helping students gain knowledge in the workplace and teachers to prepare students for careers that are needed within their metro area. We know that our economy is constantly evolving, so it’s important that our methods of preparing

students for the jobs of tomorrow evolve with it. The students of today are our workers of the future, which in turn helps us recruit and retain companies here in Central Kentucky. We can even take that a step further. If we’re successful recruiting and expanding business and industry here, our well-prepared kids will have the opportunity to find a great job, support a family, and give back to the community. The Charleston Leadership Visit also taught us the importance of building and strengthening relationships across all segments of our community, and if done in the right way, they can bring the community together in the face of difficult situations. During our final session held at Mother Emanuel Church, site of a mass shooting in 2015, the Bluegrass delegation engaged in what we called Courageous Conversations to not only examine Charleston’s response to the shooting, but to also look inward at Lexington and some of the things that need addressed here. Since that trip, the Courageous Conversation movement has been occurring in a smaller group format among several key ethnic and faith-based organizations, spearheaded by representatives of the Lexington Police Department. We have been and currently are continuing these dialogues and will be doing even more and broader conversations in the future. I believe these discussions are important and necessary to our success. For Commerce Lexington, 2016 turned out to be a banner year as the organization continued to be recognized with national and international awards. Commerce Lexington was named the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) Chamber of the Year as the nation’s top chamber of commerce. It was the third consecutive year that CLX was a finalist for the award, competing this time against some of the largest chambers in the country – Jacksonville (FL), Brooklyn (NY), and Tacoma (WA). Additionally, our economic development division was also recognized this year, earning one of the top communications and marketing awards from ACCE for a project developed specifically for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup, as well as several marketing honors from the International Economic Development Council and the Kentucky Association for Economic Development. Our very own Gina Greathouse, who heads up our economic development team, was named KAED’s Community Professional of the Year in November. These awards and recognitions not only affirm that we are doing great work in events and programs across our organization, but they also recognize the efforts of many of you throughout the region working hard to strengthen Central Kentucky. I’m so proud of what Commerce Lexington represents, and it has been an honor to serve as your Board Chairman this year. The world is taking notice that Lexington is on the move, and I can’t wait to see what big things take place in 2017 and beyond.”


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Winner’s Circle volunteers enjoyed a Reward Social event at The Red Mile in early November. Pictured top left to right: Todd Sallee (KEMI) and Camden Skidmore (WesBanco); Gwen Hart (Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa) celebrated her prize winnings; and Mike Runyon (Missing Link Managed IT), Jeannine Petell (Community Trust Bank), and Rachel Fike (iHeart Media) tried their luck at some of the games.

Commerce Lexington Winner’s Circle Campaign Nearing the Finish Line Commerce Lexington Inc.’s annual total resource development program, also known as The Winner’s Circle, continues to chug along as volunteers get closer to the finish line. At press time, the fundraising campaign stood at about 91-percent of the total production goal. Campaign leadership, staff, and volunteers are working hard to close out the year on a high note. As of November 22, the top-producing teams included Kentucky American Water/Windstream Communications, Central Bank & Trust Co., University of Kentucky, WesBanco, and Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. Volunteers, staff and several past Winner’s Circle Chairs celebrated their ongoing success at a Reward Social event at The Red Mile on November 9th. The group got a look at

the recently-renovated facility and even got to try their luck at some of the games there. If you’re a company looking for some great promotional opportunities in 2017, perhaps sponsoring a Commerce Lexington event or publication might just be what you need to reach a business and community-oriented audience. Find out more about the Winner’s Circle program at www.CLXWinnersCircle.com or www.facebook.com/CLXWinnersCircle. Please recognize and thank the following corporate teams for their dedication and hard work.

WINNER’S CIRCLE TEAMS Ambassadors Central Bank & Trust Co. CHASE / J.P. Morgan

City National Bank Columbia Gas of Kentucky Community Trust Bank Fifth Third Bank Forcht Bank Friends of Commerce Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa Kentucky American Water/Windstream Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance Kentucky Utilities Co. Leadership Lexington Alumni Missing Link Managed IT PNC Republic Bank & Trust Co. SteinGroup, LLC Stoll Keenon Odgen, PLLC University of Kentucky WesBanco

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CONNECT Leadership Central Kentucky Class Members Learn About Scott County 2016-17 CLASS PRESENTED BY:

PLATINUM SPONSOR:

GOLD SPONSOR:

Keeneland SILVER SPONSORS:

Ale-8-One Kentucky Bank BREAKFAST SPONSOR:

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky LUNCH SPONSOR:

Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce

Excerpts of Article by Nicholas Wiley, Baptist Health Lexington We began our most recent Leadership Central Kentucky day session in Scott County at the Toyota Visitor Center in Georgetown. The theme for the day was workforce development and education, and it was clear that Toyota is committed to both. While visiting Toyota, we also had the opportunity to learn about the Advanced Manufacturing Program at the Bluegrass Community Technical College/Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Training Center, currently located on Toyota’s campus. Toyota sponsors students to earn an Associate’s degree, while they work in the manufacturing field and gain real-life experience. The next stop in Scott County was the Elkhorn Crossing School, which has completely redefined the classroom experience. The school offers a careerbased program where students often work in groups and obtain practical knowledge for specific career paths. composed of learning environments divided into “villages,” which include engineering, biomedical science, media arts, law and justice, and health science. We became more amazed with each village that we explored, as we witnessed students engaged in the various methods of hands-on-learning. The last organization we visited in Scott County was Georgetown Community Hospital, where the CEO, Mr. William Haugh, provided a sobering presentation on workforce challenges in the healthcare sector. Mr. Haugh addressed the staggering shortages of clinical providers in the United States, includ-

ing nurses and primary care physicians. Following a scenic and informative drive through downtown and other areas in Scott County that are currently being transformed, we returned to Toyota to debrief. It is evident that Scott County is working diligently with many “out-of-the-box” programs to effectively address some of the gaps and challenges in the workforce. I am continuing to find the Leadership Central Kentucky program to be one of the most valuable experiences in my professional career and look forward to meeting with my group each month to learn more about our region.

Read This Full Recap at www.LeadershipCentralKentucky.com

Leadership Lexington Youth Government & Public Safety Day Recap Excerpts of Article by Ellie Webb, Sayre School The Leadership Lexington Youth program’s recent Government and Public Safety Day began at the LFUCG Government Center downtown with an icebreaker, and we were introduced to the different neighborhood groups that would be joining us for the day. We then got to hear from City Councilman Kevin Stinnett, who shared the story of how he got involved with city government – a journey that all started because he wanted lights for a baseball field. Then, we split up into groups, with half of us going to the courthouse and the other half staying at the Government Center. My group first went to the courthouse, where we got to hear from Circuit Court Justice Scorsone, who told us more about the process of the court system in Fayette County. Next, we took a tour of the courthouse. The highlight of the day for me was to getting to view a real trial with Judge Bunnell on the bench, before heading back to the Government Center. Once we got back, we took part in a mock council meeting, debating real ordinances and resolutions as a group, from the addition of public murals to the hiring of more mounted police officers. The whole group reconvened at the Phoenix building to have lunch together alongside council

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members and their legislative aides. Following lunch, the class members boarded a bus, where Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes spoke to us as we were transported to the Police Training Center. She talked about the different facets of her role in state government. Once we arrived at the police training facility, we heard from Police Chief Mark Barnard and Fire Chief Kristin Chilton. They both spoke about the various issues that public safety departments face today. For example, Chief Chilton spoke about her desire to increase representation of women and other ethnicities in the fire department, while Chief Barnard brought up the most common crimes that are committed in Lexington. Next, we moved to the center’s gymnasium to speak with officers in different roles of law enforcement, from bomb squad members to officers who perform traffic stops. Back at the Government Center for a concluding activity, we heard a Junior Achievement presentation on getting job references and making good first impressions through solid handshakes. Overall, we had a great day of learning more about the inner-workings of the Lexington city government and public policy work, and I cannot wait for next month!

2016-17 CLASS PRESENTED BY:

PLATINUM SPONSOR:

BRONZE SPONSORS:

Central Bank & Trust Co. Sayre School Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.


CONNECT Leadership Lexington Learns About Public Safety, Criminal Justice System Excerpts of Article by Candace B. Smith, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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“The calling for me is helping and serving others…” At every turn, members of our local public safety entities expressed this sentiment to the Leadership Lexington class of 2017. The class recently participated in Public Safety Day, in which we learned about the many ways our city responds to threats to the security and well-being of our community. The class was met by Ray Larson, former Commonwealth Attorney, who served as a knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide for the day. The first stop was the Fayette Circuit Courthouse where Sheriff Kathy Witt explained how inmates are transported to court. The class learned about the legal aspects of the criminal justice system from Circuit Court Clerk Vincent Riggs, County Attorney Larry Roberts, Circuit Court Judge Ernesto Scorsone, and District Court Judge Joseph Bouvier. The panel explained how a criminal case proceeds from arraignment to resolution. Next, the class toured the Public Safety Operations Center. Although this is one of the most vital public safety facilities in our city, it is often taken for granted. The center receives 911 calls, dispatches emergency personnel, and serves as a centralized communications center for the Lexington police, fire department, and emergency services. The next stop included an in-depth tour of the Fayette County Adult Detention Center. Director Steve Haney explained the design and daily operations of the facility. The class traveled through the building to understand the process from booking to long-term housing. The class then traveled to the Police Training

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Academy for a panel discussion about challenges in public safety for our community. Fire Chief Kristin Chilton described the diverse services provided by the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services. Police Chief Mark Barnard explained the importance of judging agencies on the local level, rather than national level. Lou Anna Red Corn, Fayette Commonwealth Attorney, and Daniel Whitley from the Public Defender’s Office, provided insights into prosecuting and defending criminal cases. The panel specifically addressed concerns about the effects of drug use on the community. The day ended with a tour of police and fire equipment, from SWAT vehicles and robots to horses and bicycles, as well as the specific training needed for each. The class also participated in a simulation used by the police department to train new recruits about the use of lethal force. The simulation is just one part of the training program for Lexington police officers, which at 33 weeks is the longest in the state, and provides officers with an associate’s degree.

BRONZE SPONSORS:

Mahan Multimedia Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. U.S. Bank

Read This Full Recap at www.Leadership Lexington.com

Ambassador Spotlight: Laura Adams, Schrader Commercial Properties Laura Adams, Schrader Commercial Properties Phone: (859) 288-5008 E-mail: laura.adams1223@gmail.com Web: www.schradercommercial.com

LAURA ADAMS

About Her Role With Schrader Commercial Properties: As a relatively new sales associate for Schrader Commercial Properties, Laura Adams is responsible for all sales aspects, including things like representing tenants who need space or are trying to lease, working with clients who are selling, helping new companies find land or buildings here, and identifying property owners who need assistance managing their properties.

About Transitioning: Laura said, “It has been a whole new life and work experience for me at Schrader, having come from the software/medical world to real estate. I was approached last year to think about working in commercial real estate and had never really given it a thought, but it has been the best career move for me, as well as my family.” About Serving as an Ambassador: “Serving as an Ambassador has been wonderful for me,” said Laura. “I have met so many great individuals, and it has taught me so much about our community and who we are. I always enjoy making my monthly calls and meeting some new and old contacts, and getting to hear what their business is doing and how I might be able to help them. It is a privilege to be a part of such a great group.”

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NEW MEMBERS Welcome New Commerce Lexington Inc. members for the period of October 19 through November 18, 2016 Advertiser Printers Inc. (API) Printing Services Jamison Barton, Account Executive 1890 Star Shoot Parkway Lexington, KY 40509 Phone: (859) 260-8649 Web: www.apiprint.com Alfa Roofing and Siding Roofing Contractors Raul Torres, Owner 2148 Larkspur Drive Lexington, KY 40504 Phone: (859) 382-3169 Web: www.porch.com/lexingtonky/roofers/alfa-roofing-and-siding157227510/pp All Points Community Management, Inc. Real Estate Management Edwin Gibson, Owner & Agent 141 Prosperous Place, Suite 21B Lexington, KY 40509-1854 Phone: (859) 263-7681 Web: www.allpointsky.com

BitSource Website Developer Justin Hall 375 Hambley Blvd. Pikeville, KY 41501 Phone: (606) 766-1170 Web: www.bitsourceky.com Burcham Solutions Group, LLC Non-Profit Organizations Timothy R. Burcham, CFRE, President & Chief Solutions Officer 459 North Martin Luther King Blvd. Lexington, KY 40508 Phone: (859) 699-2820 www.burchamsolutionsgroup.com

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Eastern Air Flow, LLC Air Conditioning & Heating Systems HVAC Justin Trout, Owner 1066 E. New Circle Road, Suite 1 Lexington, KY 40505 Phone: (606) 949-1114 Web: www.easternairflow.com Ethereal Brewing Brewery Tammy Bishop, Bookkeeper 1224 Manchester Street, Suite 120 Lexington, KY 40504 Phone: (859) 309-1254 Web: www.etherealbrew.com

Be More Consulting Coaching-Business & Professional Colene Elridge, Owner 1134 Southpoint Drive Georgetown, KY 40324 Phone: (859) 494-6865 Web: www.BeMoreTransform.com

Carter Company Real Estate, LLC Real Estate Patrick Carter 3277 Sebastian Lane Lexington, KY 40513 Phone: (859) 940-8589

Consolidated Graphic Communications / Safeguard Printing Services Terry Flora 2216 Young Drive Suite 6 Lexington, KY 40505 Phone: (859) 838-3355 Web: www.cgcsg.com

fortune massage SPA INC Massage-Licensed Therapists Wenwu Lu 439 A Lexington Road Versailles, KY 40383 Phone: (312) 823-6657 Hicks & Associates CPAs Accountants David W. Hicks, Owner 1795 Alysheba Way, Suite 6206 Lexington, KY 40509 Phone: (859) 368-9727 Web: www.hickscpas.com Horse Country Horse Attractions Anne Hardy, Executive Director P.O. Box 84 Lexington, KY 40588 Phone: (859) 963-1004 Web: www.visithorsecountry.com In-Balance Accounting Services, Inc. Accountants Donna Cox, President 153 Patchen Drive, Suite 51 Lexington, KY 40517 Phone: (859) 333-4440 www.inbalanceaccounting.com

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Jake’s Cigar Bar & Lounge Cigar, Cigarette & Tobacco Jacob Glancy, Owner 263 East Brannon Road Nicholasville, KY 40356 Phone: (859) 273-0351 Web: www.jakescigarbar.com

Sorbothane Manufacturers Ray Yozwiak, owner 2144 State Route 59 Kent, OH 44240 Phone: (330) 678-9444 Web: www.sorbothane.com

Legacy Financial Financial Services Molly Wilkinson, Director of Account Management 450 Old Vine Street, Suite 105 Lexington, KY 40502 Phone: (859) 309-3640 Web: http://legfi.com

Sullivan University - Lexington Campus Education-Training David Keene, Executive Director 2355 Harrodsburg Road Lexington, KY 40504 Phone: (859) 276-4357 Web: www.sullivan.edu

Logan Lavelle Hunt of Lexington Insurance Stephen Strong, Owner 121 Prosperous Place, Suite 2 Lexington, KY 40509 Phone: (859) 255-7282 Web: www.llhins.com

TDO Home Entertainment Electronics Equipment Brock Bailey, Owner/President 242 Big Run Road, Suite B Lexington, KY 40503 Phone: (859) 335-1644 Web: www.tdohe.com

Louie’s Wine Dive & Chevy Chase Kitchen Restaurants Stacy Shinn, Marketing Coordinator 854 E. High Street Lexington, KY 40502 Phone: (913) 940-6212 Web: http://louieswinedive.com/ contact-us

UnitedHealthcare of Kentucky Health Insurance Paul Brophy, Chief Operating Officer 230 Lexington Green Cir., Suite 400 Lexington, KY 40503 Phone: (859) 825-6155 Web: www.uhc.com

MassMutual Midwest Financial Services Lauren Fox, Marketing Manager 2365 Harrodsburg Rd., Suite A300 Lexington, KY 40504 Phone: (859) 223-4141 Web: www.massmutual.com P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Restaurants Chris Lambert, Operating Partner 3405 Nicholasville Road Lexington, KY 40503 Phone: (859) 271-1165 Web: www.pfchangs.com

Western & Southern Financial Group Financial Services Tony Prince, Financial Representative 2285 Executive Drive, Suite 300 Lexington, KY 40505 Phone: (859) 963-3599 Web: www.wslife.com


PERSONNEL ANNOUNCEMENTS The American Diabetes Association Bluegrass honored its 2016 local Bluegrass Volunteer award winners at the Association’s Kiss a Pig event in October. The 2016 ADA Bluegrass Award Winners included: Volunteer of the Year - Dr. Brooke Hudspeth, Kroger Pharmacy; Family of the Year – The Hieronymus Family (GD, Laura, Kelly and Lindsay); RJ Corman Corporate Partner of the Year – KentuckyOne Health; and R. Stewart Perry Cure Care Commitment Award – Jim DeMasters, Novo Nordisk. Blue Grass Airport Executive Director Eric Frankl, A.A.E., was named Kentucky Commercial Service Airport Manager of the Year at the 40th annual Kentucky Aviation Association Conference in Owensboro. Awarded by the Kentucky Aviation Association, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Aviation, this recognition is given to an airport manager who embodies a broad depth of knowledge of all aspects of aviation, has a proven record of overseeing airport facilities and improvement projects, and is actively involved in the local, state and federal aviation community. Joan Patterson has joined Central Bank & Trust Co. as cash management officer. Community Trust and Investment Company announced that Erin Fulkerson Hall has joined CTIC’s Wealth and Trust Management (WTM) team as vice president, relationship officer for Private Wealth Services. Community Ventures welcomed Fran DeVasto as the new president of the organization’s lending division. Elizabeth Woodward, Director of Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support at Dean Dorton, was appointed to serve as a member of the Forensic and Litigation Services Committee for the American Institute of CPA’s, the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession. In other news, Cisco Systems named Dean Dorton Technology, a premier provider of technology solutions for companies throughout the region, to the Cisco Winner’s Circle. Of the more than 50,000 Cisco partners worldwide, only 350 top performing Cisco commercial partners received the Winner’s Circle honor, signifying the top level of success, in the mid-market with Cisco. Dean Dorton Technology is the only Cisco partner in Kentucky to be recognized with this distinguished honor.

overall. Top Lexington rankings for Dickinson Wright included Tier 1 - Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Construction; Tier 2 - Litigation – Environmental; and Tier 3 - Appellate Practice, Environmental Law, and Trusts & Estates Law. Dinsmore & Shohl LLP recently earned a top tier ranking from clients for its litigation services, according to BTI Consulting Group’s Litigation Outlook 2017. Corporate counsel ranked Dinsmore in the top 15-percent of law firms for commercial and employment litigation. The firm also earned top honors in the latest edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2017 “Best Law Firms” rankings, with five Tier 1 National listings and 121 first-tier Metropolitan Rankings. Finally, the firm welcomed Anna Claire Skinner to the Lexington office in the Litigation Department. Gray Construction recently moved up in Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) ranking of the 2016 Top Contractors Sourcebook, which recognizes the largest U.S.-based general contractors by market sector, based on the previous year’s annual revenue. Gray ranked third among the Top Contractors in Automotive Plant Construction, third among the Top Contractors in Food and Beverage Plant Construction, fifth in the list of Top Contractors in Manufacturing Plant Construction, seventh among the Top Contractors in Distribution Center Construction, seventeenth in Top Contractors in Retail, and twenty-first among the Top Contractors in Industrial Process. ENR also ranked Gray 31st among the Top 100 Design-Build Firms and 66th in the Top 400 Contractors lists earlier this year. Keller Williams Greater Lexington welcomed the following new agents: Holly Browning, Stephanie Almeida, Michael Miller, Amy Chaney, Mathew Wood, Taylor Maupin, Mathew Sisken, Elizabeth Dupree, Lindsay Smallwood, Amy Channey, Cindy Kinmon, Dana Glass and Ricky Brown. The seventh annual Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, which is led by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce through a partnership with Awesome Inc. and Sustainable Business Ventures, inducted the following individuals during a ceremony in November: Colonel Sanders (Kentucky Fried Chicken); Kent Oyler (High Speed Access Corp., OPM Services, Inc.); Robert B. Trussell, Jr. (Tempur Sealy International, Inc.); and Carey Smith (Big Ass Solutions).

Denham-Blythe Company announced that Mike Cox has been named chief executive officer of the Lexington-based construction and design company.

Lynn Martin, President & CEO of LM Communications Broadcast Media Group, was inducted into the Kentucky Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame at the KBA’s 75th Anniversary Awards dinner. Martin as presented with the Kentucky Mic Hall of Fame Award.

Dickinson Wright PLLC recently received 22 national rankings and six top rankings in Lexington in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” report by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. The firm received 108 first-tier rankings

At its third annual Day for Midway Celebration, Midway University presented its Community Spirit Award to Joyce and the late Joel Evans in recognition of their longstanding dedication to improving

the city of Midway. Additionally, Midway University head men’s basketball coach, Joe Krupinski, recently announced the hiring of Marquis Estill as assistant men’s basketball coach. NAI Isaac congratulated Jamie Adams, LEED AP, Senior Associate, and J.L. Cannady, Associate, for obtaining their Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. Adams and Cannady were among over 300 commercial real estate professionals worldwide who earned the designation this fall by passing the Institute’s Comprehensive Examination, the final stage in the designation process. NAI Isaac also congratulates Gordy Hoagland with Greer Companies, who also obtained his CCIM designation. Shatterbox, a graphic design and new media firm located in Lexington, welcomed new creative team member, Izzy Cable. Steptoe & Johnson PLLC was recognized with top rankings in more than 30 practice areas covering five metropolitan areas in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Law Firms.” Firms included in “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence by leading lawyers and clients. Metropolitan first tier rankings for the Lexington office include the areas of Education Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. The American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law Section ranked Stites & Harbison, PLLC fourth in its annual Regional Top 10 Recognition for the South list, which is based on the number of members in the ABA Health Law Section in 2016. In other firm news, attorney Robin E. McGuffin has joined Stites & Harbison in the Torts & Insurance Practice Service Group. VisitLEX earned several awards at the Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) fall conference in November. The KTIA Traverse Awards honor the talent, creativity and effectiveness of its members’ marketing and public relations efforts. VisitLEX was awarded the following: Gold Awards for its 2016 Beyond Grits Guide, Facebook Staycation campaign, and Brand Pillar Destination Videos; Silver Award for Instagram, Facebook, video & overall social strategy; and Bronze Awards for its Stop-Motion Holiday Card, Gold Frame Airport Installation, Gold Frame Print Concept, 2016 Visitors Guide, and Garden Architecture Tour Brochure.

SUBMIT PERSONNEL NEWS: Submit your company’s awards, personnel changes, additions, or promotions for Business Focus to mturner@CommerceLexington.com. Information is published in the order received & as space permits.

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COMMERCE LEXINGTON INC. UPCOMING EVENTS DECEMBER 2016:

JANUARY 2017:

Lexington Youth program presented by UK 7 Leadership HealthCare: Arts & Media Day Session.

Leadership Lexington Youth program presented by UK 4 HealthCare: Economic Development Day Session.

5 Across Final at Awesome, Inc., 5:00 p.m.; Admission: $5 per 7 person; Contact eric.hartman@uky.edu.

Leadership Lexington program presented by Kentucky 12 Utilities Co.: Health & Human Services Day Session.

Lexington program presented 8 Leadership Utilities Co.: Education Day Session.

by Kentucky

Central Kentucky presented by Kentucky Utilities 18 Leadership Co. at Fayette County.

Business Link hosted by Kentucky Eagle, Inc., 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., 8 2440 - SEE PAGE 9 Innovation Drive.

Lexington Inc. Annual Dinner presented by 26 Commerce Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m., Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom.

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@330 Series Presented by Manpower of Central Kentucky, 3:30-5 p.m., at CLX 1st floor conference room. - SEE PAGE 8

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Public Policy Luncheon presented by Kentucky American Water, Noon - 1:30 p.m., at Hilton Lexington Downtown (369 - SEE PAGE 10 West Vine Street).

Central Kentucky presented by Kentucky Utilities 21 Leadership Co. at Jessamine County.

- SEE PAGE 7

MARCH 2017: Conference presented by Forcht Bank, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 28 Emerge p.m., Lexington Center’s Thoroughbred Ballroom.

JUNE 2017: Leadership Visit presented by McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & 7-9 Kirkland, PLLC, to Minneapolis, Minnesota. - SEE PAGE 11


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